Valentine's Day is all about love, and passion. But what happens when that love and passion take a turn for the worst? We've all heard the term "crime of passion" and the following list is an extreme example of that term told in seven true stories. These seven people took that whole "love you to death" thing really, really, seriously. This is a list of murders committed on Valentine's Day that made the news in recent memory.What are some of the most brutal Valentine's Day murders? Well, this list will give that answer along with the grizzly details affiliated with that crime. Take a look for yourself if you want to see what are some of the most heinous and horrifying crimes commited on the greatest Hallmark holiday of them all.
Elderly Couple Ends Everything on Valentine's Day
In 2015, the Alabama Sheriff's Department discovered the bodies of an elderly husband and wife who were the victims of an apparent murder-suicide. Their investigation showed that the 77-year-old husband shot and killed his wife, 76, before killing himself. According to AL.com, there was "no history of domestic violence," and, "the couple was dealing with long-term illness."
Oscar Pistorius Murders Girlfriend
In a shocking turn of events, Olympic and Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at their home in Pretoria. Initially, he was charged with manslaughter, but that as overturned and the much heftier charge of murder was applied to the runner. At his trial, Pistorious said repeatedly that he accidentally killed his girlfriend when he believed his home had been broken into.
Man Butchers Wife In Family Home, A Love Story is Born
This is weird, gross and kind of long, so bare with me here. This is how love happens.
Stephen Grant walked into the Macomb County Police Department on a Valentine's Day and reported his wife missing. Three weeks later they found her torso in his garage. 34-year-old Tara Lynn Grant was killed by her husband in their home in Washington Township, Mich. And this was just the beginning. Stephen said his wife, and mother of his two young children, vanished on the night of Feb. 9. He claimed she returned from her job in Puerto Rico, fought with him and then left getting into "a mysterious dark car".
After police found the torso (yes, just the torso) in the home, they found more body parts all over a wooded area near Stony Creek Metro Park. Stephen did not confess to the murder until after he was arrested, even though he'd previously pronounced his innocence, undying love and concern for his wife. But a former girlfriend then turned over a whole lot of damning evidence including emails from Stephen in which he mocked marriage vows and offered to let the woman, a nursing student, practice sponge baths on him.
He also said he was suspicious about his wife's relations with an old boyfriend and an older man at her work, which probably justified his actions in his own head.
Stephen let the authorities into his home for the search, and then fled the scene. Authorities had to search the area for him, contact relatives, comb his neighborhood and even reached out to his lawyer. "By no means did we expect to recover what we did," said Macomb Country Sheriff Mark Hackel regarding the multiple body parts found around the area.
But then, Justice!
Stephen eventually confessed to the crime and was arrested. While he was waiting for his trial he was housed at the Macomb County Jail.
Also residing there was Jennifer Kukla. Jennifer was found mentally ill, but still guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of 8-year-old Alexandra and 5-year-old Ashley. Police discovered the bodies of her daughters and the family's three pet Pomeranians in their mobile home in Macomb Township on Feb. 4, 2007, about 25 miles North of Detroit. Officers testified during her trial that Kukla said she heard the voice of the devil telling her to kill the girls and the dogs.
But here's the twist: Jennifer gave prison authorities over a dozen love letters that were written to her from Stephen Grant HIMSELF. Grant also wrote two letters to another inmate and four to a woman named Sarah -- though Jennifer said those were in response to letters she had written to him using that name.
Grant told Jennifer he wished they could arrange "a rendezvous in the closet one of these days. :-)" (Yes, he put in a smiley face.)
He also wrote that the "chats" with Kukla helped to "keep him sane" and said he missed his son, daughter and wife, Tara. "I have to tell you that you are the first person to ask if I miss Tara and the answer is Yes," he wrote.
Jennifer said she wrote to him because she and other inmates wanted to know what he would say about his crime.
Grant was eventually sentenced to 50-80 year in prison for second-degree murder of his wife, and moved to another prison away from Jennifer. There is no word on if they still are corresponding.
A love story for the ages.
Missionary Kills Wife
Nathan Leuthold and his wife Denise met a Lithuanian student while on a missionary trip to Eastern Europe, when the girl turned 18 the husband and wife team sponsored her immigration to the United States. But things turned dark after Nathan allegedly fell in love with the student and killed his wife so the two could be together. He told Police his wife had been the victim of a home invasion, but after looking at his computer and noticing that he'd googled "how to muffle a gun," "hitting someone over the head to knock them out," and "lethal injection," the jig was up.